New album from Third World
VETERAN reggae band Third World is set to release Under the Magic Sun, an album dedicated to the memory of its late frontman William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke.
The set, which will contain originals and covers of vintage classics, will be released by Cleopatra Records on June 10. It will feature four lead vocalists, a first for the Reggae Ambassadors in the band's over-four-decade history.
The singers are Bunny Rugs, AJ Brown, Stephen 'Cat' Coore and Maurice Gregory.
"This Under The Magic Sun project is by far the most interesting project I, personally, and Third World collectively, have done for many years. Revisiting these great songs was a pleasure and I am honoured and sincerely believe we will be successful with this Cleopatra Records project," said Stephen 'Cat' Core, leader/guitarist/vocalist.
Bass guitarist Richard 'Richie' Daley was no less passionate about the group's latest studio album.
"I would have never thought of working on a cover album. But when Cleopatra Records approached us with the idea for this project, we were intrigued.
"We are very passionate about 'livicating' (dedicating) this album to our dear brother Bunny Rugs, who we lost in early 2014. He was recording with us during the beginning of the project, but took ill mid-stream. We know he would be proud of this collection of Billboard classics. This is the first album we have ever recorded that features four different lead vocalists in the group," said Daley.
Ahead of the album's release, there will be a Third World tribute concert to Bunny Rugs on May 23, dubbed Under The Magic Sun at the New Bourbon Beach in Negril.
Rugs died at his Florida home on February 2 of cancer. He was 65.
-- Basil Walters